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Posted: 4/22/2002 4:19:42 AM EDT
April 22, 2002 by Neal Singer - Sandia National Laboratories for UniSci.com [b]Developing Short And Long Term Antiterrorist Approach[/b] Networked sensors to detect the movement of hostile forces and materials -- and longer-term approaches for changing the environment in which terrorism breeds -- are being developed at Sandia National Laboratories. Long-term fixes also include new ideas for monitoring borders, materials and agents. In the near term, dozens of Sandia researchers over the next few months will develop sensor systems that identify and track large objects such as missile launchers in a desert environment. [b]The ultimate intent over the next few years is to link hundreds of sensors that will identify and track people in urban environments. [/b] The program, approved in February, began April 1 with funds of almost $2.5 million from Sandia's Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) office. The program makes use of Sandia's strengths in sensor technologies, power sources, computing, robotics, and systems integration..... [b][URL=http://www.survivalforum.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=339]Full Length Article and Comments Here[/URL][/b] --------------------------------------------- This is a long article worth reading...very interesting. Discusses Several Issues....including Infrastructure protection. Keep an eye on SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES - the slogan on their site is: [b]"Helping our nation secure a peaceful and free world through technology"[/b] (their link is included in the full story) Franklin [url=http://www.survivalforum.com]SurvivalForum[/url]
Link Posted: 4/22/2002 6:27:07 AM EDT
[b]I wonder how many people will want this[/b] (Baseline Magazine) by Tom Steinert-Threlkeld You are Your Own Identification Card The furor last month following the issuance of student visas to suicide hijackers Mohammed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi is wholly misplaced. As was the furor last October over the proposal by software magnate Larry Ellison that the United States begin issuing national identification cards. [b]As at least Ellison should know, visas, passports and ID cards are wholly unnecessary. [/b] [b]You are an identification card. A living, breathing one that is exponentially harder to forge than a laminated card, an application form or a pocket-size brochure of any kind.[/b] Matching the geometry of a hand is successful 999 times out of 1,000. Matching fingerprints is accurate in all but one in 100,000 attempts. Checking iris structures is always right, when the test is performed correctly. The bottom line is this: if anyone is paying attention at the State Department, the Justice Department or its Immigration and Naturalization Service, [b]the technology is here today to supplant all forms of paper identification, and it is reliable. [/b]If George W. Bush has the determination, this country today can accurately identify and check the background of every person from any part of the globe who wishes to enter or exit—or move about inside its borders. Someone doesn't want to submit to the scanning of hand, finger, eye or facial features that a cardless system of identification requires? [b]Let the person stay put. [/b]How does the operator of a flight school in Florida, for instance, really know the fellows he says he trained were Atta and Alshehhi? Because they signed their names that way? Because they said so? Please. Just about anybody could have shown up. It's time we get over the effort to hide our identities and realize there are dangers with privacy, too. Identity increasingly translates to safety. Avoidance means threat. [b]How long before this hand-geometry technology reaches U.S. airports? No time at all. It's already at New York's JFK International Airport, as well as airports in Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington. [/b] How many people know this? Not many. There are only about 45,000 active users. Only 300,000 admissions have been cleared by this INSPASS program since it was instituted in 1995. You probably had no idea you had a fast alternative to wading through customs. This isn't a moon shot. It shouldn't take billions to get this critical national security agency up to speed. If necessary, send the contractors home and hire a swat team of four programmers and two technicians from a small, thirsty shop that can bring this country into the current millennium. Lest we all forget, there's a war on. Tell us what you think: baseline@ziffdavis.com [URL=http://www.survivalforum.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=341]Link to Original Article and comments[/URL] Is this the mindset of most people? [b]If you don't want this new system, "you can just stay put" (in other words, don't travel, etc.?)[/b] Franklin
Link Posted: 4/22/2002 6:35:25 AM EDT
Freedom used to be eroded in the name of "doin' it for the kids". Now it's being eroded in the name of "anti-terrorism". [(:|)]
Link Posted: 4/22/2002 3:52:14 PM EDT
I agree...totally "PoliticalScience" [b][URL=http://www.survivalforum.com/modules.php?name=Search&topic=22]HERE is a list to MANY articles pertaining to the subject[/URL] [/b]
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